All Posts Tagged With: "sustainable"

Save Our Sky Home-Heating Cooperative

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The Save Our Sky Home-Heating Cooperative is an organization that believes that corn, when harvested sustainably, can be used as a climate-friendly fuel source. It consists of about 70 DC-area households which purchase and store corn in an urban grain bin to make it more convenient and affordable to burn corn as a primary heating source. These families greatly reduce how much global warming CO2 they produce, in addition to saving a couple hundred dollars per year.

Amicus Green Building Center

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The Amicus Green Building Center is a collection of genuine “green” products, resources, and expert support for the Mid-Atlantic region. Their mission is to create healthy, environmentally-friendly, stylish, energy-smart, and sustainable buildings. Through services like design consulting, energy analysis, and research reports, and offering green products in the way of paints, flooring, kitchen fixtures, lumber, tile and lighting, among others, the center is a able to assist just about any project toward becoming a little, or a lot more, eco-friendly.

Divinity Veganatural

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Divinity Veganatural produces compassionately-manufactured body products and markets them at more than 20 locations scattered across Maryland, Northern Virginia and Oregon. Using sustainable, organic items like shea nut butter, virgin coconut oil, and hempseed oil, Veganatural employs fair-trade policies in its production processes, and donates a portion of each online purchase to various human-rights and liberation organizations.

Helicon Works

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Helicon Works is local architect and ‘green’ builder William Hutchinson. Specializing in environmentally-sensitive architecture and building practices Bill has accepted projects from Maryland and Virginia to Santa Barbara and Southern Baja. Bill designed and built his own house, which features straw bale walls, a living roof, solar pv, corn stove and is equipped with his own biofuel filling station. You can even take a tour of his home or get involved by taking a workshop. Visit the Helicon Works website for more info.

Baltimore Bioneers

photo by: Doug Retzler

Baltimore Bioneers is the regional branch of the overarching Bioneers community, a “forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework.” Combining both the social justice and environmental movements, Baltimore Bioneers works to foster new opportunities for creating solutions for restoring the earth and healing communities. Along with other satellite locations throughout North America, Baltimore Bioneers hosts an annual conference that features local speakers, panels, and workshops, while also broadcasting the plenary talks of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA. Their website features history of the organization, information on the conference, and ways to get involved.

Velocipede Bike Project

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Velocipede Bike Project is a collectively-run non-profit organization dedicated to helping people use bicycles as transportation. They collect donated, second-hand and landfill-bound bikes, which they use to teach people how to repair and build their own bicycles, while also providing affordable and safe refurbished bicycles and parts. They seek to provide transportation to people of low and moderate incomes, encourage healthy lifestyles, reduce the waste flow into landfills, and decrease dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels.

Howard County Tomorrow

Howard County Tomorrow’s mission is to engage the citizens of Howard County “in the work of building an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous sustainable community that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” While focusing on topics such as local economy, green business, ecological land use, and affordable housing, Howard County Tomorrow seeks to educate its local community to further the cause of a sustainable community.

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